May his memory be a blessing
Thousands pay their respects at funeral of lone soldier
Golani fighter Sean Carmeli, who split his time between Ra’anana and Texas, is laid to rest amid huge crowds in Haifa
By Jessica Steinberg / July 22, 2014
Carmeli was buried in Haifa’s Neve David cemetery on Monday night. Tens of thousands of people attended the funeral, with some estimates putting the number at a staggering 20,000.
There had been concerns that the lone soldier, who split his time between Ra’anana and South Padre Island, Texas, where his Israeli parents live, wouldn’t have enough people paying their final respects at his funeral.
But since he was a huge fan of Maccabi Haifa, the soccer team posted a photo of Carmeli on its Facebook page after his death, asking fans to go so that his funeral wouldn’t be deserted.
Small South Texan Jewish Community Mourns Death of IDF Sergeant Sean Carmeli, Killed in Gaza
The Jewish community of a south Texas beach town was in mourning on Sunday after it was informed that one of its sons was among the Israeli troops that fell in a bloody Gaza battle on Saturday night.
Sergeant Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, had moved to Ra’anana from South Padre Island (population 2800, Jewish population 75), where his family moved from Israel over twenty years ago. His parents are Alon and Dalya Carmeli.
“The whole community feels like they lost their own son,” Rabbi Yonatan, the family’s rabbi told The Algemeiner on Sunday. “The family is completely devastated,” Rabbi Asher Hecht, another rabbi/friend said.
Two Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza grew up in Texas and California
A man from Texas was one of at least two Israeli soldiers from the United States to be killed in Gaza this weekend as fighting between Israelis and Palestinians intensified.
Sgt. Sean Carmeli, 21, grew up on South Padre Island in the Gulf of Mexico, just off Texas' southernmost tip, a local rabbi told the Los Angeles Times.
"He had always a cheerful smile. He was always optimistic about life," said Rabbi Asher Hecht of Chabad of the Rio Grande Valley.